Modern Spanish Construction: Part III

by Tim Alatorre

To finish out this series on Spanish construction methods I wanted to post a few more images.

Multi Story Building

Multi Story Building with Curves! Ciudad Real, Spain

There are a number of typical things being done in this building.   As is the case with most Spanish multi-story buildings, a series of concrete columns and beams are spanned with concrete joists and brick units to create the structure for concrete floor decks.

Also typical are the crane on site during the entire construction process as well as the safety netting around the building.

I like this picture because it shows how flexible this system can be.  Unlike the building I showed earlier the upper floors introduce some curves.

Chalet Factory, Azuqueca de Henares, Spain

Chalet Factory, Azuqueca de Henares, Spain

The above photo was a very common site during my time in Spain.  The townhouse, or Chalet, was becoming very poplar and the construction industry was responding by building hundreds of these units.  These structure use load bearing brick walls as opposed to the concrete column and beam structures of the 3+ story buildings.

This last picture is a close up of the entry stair construction at another development.

Typical exterior stair construction, Azuqueca de Henares, Spain

Typical exterior stair construction, Azuqueca de Henares, Spain

I think we see a couple of interesting in this picture.

Firstly, the stair.  The structure for the stair is a simple concrete ramp.  The concrete is poured without forming any treads.  The reads and risers are created from hollow bricks and mortared together.  The stairs will be finished with tiles.

Secondly, we see the windows and doors in various phases of installation.  Because the entire structure is concrete and masonry there is no counter flashing for the windows and doors.  The exterior finishes are installed and then the windows are set in place.  This is very different from the complex system of flashing and counter-flashing used in framed construction here in the United States.


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